Libby Denkmann

Veterans and Military Reporter

Contact Libby Denkmann

Libby Denkmann is KPCC's veterans and military reporter. She focuses on stories about active duty servicemembers, veterans and their families in Southern California.

Libby joined KPCC in 2016 as a fill-in host on Take Two, and later served as interim host of KPCC's Morning Edition. She is a regular fill-in host for Larry Mantle's AirTalk on KPCC and her reporting can be heard nationally on APM's Marketplace Morning Report.

Before joining KPCC, Libby was the afternoon drive anchor and a reporter on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles. She began her journalism career in her native Seattle with the CBS News affiliate KIRO Radio. During nearly a decade at KIRO, Libby was a reporter and producer of several programs: The Dave Ross Show, Ross and Burbank, and The Ron and Don Show. Her work was part of the 2015 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage of the deadly Oso, Washington landslide. She is a graduate of The University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies.

Stories by Libby Denkmann

What the National Guard can and can't do at the California-Mexico border

Following news of that caravan, President Trump announced plans to deploy as many as 4,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Can Trump ask Cal Guard to report for border duty?

President Trump announced this week he wants to send American troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent illegal crossings and drug smuggling.

VA wants one developer for massive West LA housing effort

Taking heat for slow progress in housing veterans on its West L.A. campus, the VA says it will seek a Principal Developer to oversee most of the planned 1,200 units.

With VA secretary out, LA veterans are faced with unanswered questions

Los Angeles County alone is home to over 300,000 veterans, the most in the country. And L.A. also has the largest VA medical center in the country.

3 wins for SoCal in Pentagon and VA budgets

The military is ordering new planes, expected to boost L.A.'s aerospace industry. There's also help for homeless veterans and vets with "bad paper" discharges.

More veterans are heading west to fight a new battle: Worsening wildfires

“Fighting fires exercises all those things that you really got used to in the military that you lost when you joined civilian life.”

VA looks at car camping, temporary shelters for West LA veterans

Housing is slowly arriving on the West L.A. VA campus. In the meantime, the agency is considering all sorts of options to shelter veterans faster.

What happened when veterans fixed up a Watts playground

The Gonzaque Village housing complex needed a bit of TLC. A veterans' group needed a project. Together, they achieved something wonderful.

At Camp Pendleton workshop, troops will learn to fix BMWs

BMW has opened a new workshop to train service members to be auto technicians. Dealers hope the program will address a worker shortage.

Tom Hanks is making his Los Angeles stage debut at the VA

Hanks is set to play one of Shakespeare's most beloved characters onstage at the West LA VA in June. There are 2,000 free tickets for troops and veterans.

LA County wants 'battle buddies' network to help veterans

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors asked for a plan to create a peer network for veterans to help other veterans connect to housing, legal help and more.

How yoga and mindfulness are helping veterans in LA

Los Angeles could serve as a model in an agency-wide transformation offering VA patients mindfulness and other techniques to manage challenges like pain and PTSD.

Extreme weather could be hurting California's military bases

Climate change is still a political hot button, but the Pentagon is preparing for the worst with a recent survey of military bases.

How a Trump executive order will tackle veteran suicides

VA Secretary David Shulkin has pledged to reduce veteran suicides. Critics say there are questions about how the troubled agency will expand services.

Troops face a big retirement choice in 2018. Are they ready?

1.7 million members of the military must decide whether to opt-in to the new Blended Retirement System, which takes financial savvy they may not be prepared with.